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Protecting geomembranes from animal damage

June 1, 2017

Resisting animal and insect attacks on geomembranes is an interesting problem. Geomembrane installers and manufacturers have had numerous geomembranes damaged by bears, deer, coyotes, birds, beavers, and ground squirrels (Figures 1 and 2). In most cases, the damage is incidental to something else the animal is seeking. Deer damage the liner with their hooves trying …

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Geosynthetics: The science that makes green roofs work

June 1, 2016

Green roofs 101­–From bottom to top Introduction Most green roofs use a variety of geosynthetic materials to support healthy and sustainable installations. Geosynthetics contribute in many ways to the operational success and long-term sustainability of green roof systems. Because they are lightweight, they reduce green roofs’ structural loading on buildings and also reduce the energy …

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‘Largest green roof in the world’ proposed for Silicon Valley project

Last year, Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly unveiled plans to convert an ageing shopping center in California’s Silicon Valley into a vast development featuring the world’s largest green roof. Viñoly, the architect behind London’s controversial Walkie Talkie building and the skinny 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York, will work with OLIN Landscape Architects to redevelop …

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Using geosynthetic materials to effectively close a coal ash pond

October 1, 2015

Introduction Many electric utilities are required by the U.S. Environmetal Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently published Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities Rule to evaluate and address closure options for historical coal ash storage areas. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final rule Dec. 19, 2014, and it was published in the Federal Register …

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‘Subtitle C’ mixed waste embankment cover system

August 1, 2015

Introduction This case history focuses on the construction of a crucial thin rock layer over geosynthetics and the solution encountered during the first construction phase of an RCRA Subtitle C embankment cover system at a hazardous and radioactive disposal site. The top and 5:1 sideslopes of the cover system were constructed with a cap consisting …

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Geofoam SIPs: Thinking outside the (stick-framed) box

October 1, 2014

Introduction In this decade of emerging technologies that seek to decrease carbon footprints, structural insulated panels (SIPs) have come of age. More architects and builders are thinking outside the box when designing with SIPs-creating beautiful buildings that approach net zero energy use and offering some surprising extras-while incorporating aesthetically pleasing design elements. SIPs have been …

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Geofoam solution for underground coal mine tunnel

August 1, 2013

By Terry Meier About 30 miles east of Salina, Utah, nestled in the western bituminous region of Sevier County, is Convulsion Canyon (Photo 1). This is home for a productive Southern Utah Fuel Co. (SUFCO) underground coal mine, where a longwall mining system and continuous miner units extract more than 6 million tons of coal …

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How tubular drainage geocomposite was used in landfill final cover

June 1, 2013

A first for landfills in the southeastern United States. By Thomas B. Maier, P.E., and Stéphane Fourmont Introduction In landfill final cover systems, geocomposite drainage products are frequently used as a drainage layer above the geomembrane layer and for surficial landfill gas collection, either in strips or as a continuous layer, below the geomembrane. For …

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Sustainable geomembrane recycling and downcycling

Shale oil and gas open sustainability opportunities. By Timothy D. Stark, Jennifer Miller, David LaFiura, and Scott Fought Introduction Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) officials have welcomed the recent emersion of companies that collect and reprocess geomembranes used in various aspects of Marcellus Shale oil and …

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Evaluations of engineered cover systems for mine waste rock and tailings

Geosynthetics for mining waste rock and tailings. By Mark E. Smith and Christos Athanassopoulos Introduction Waste rock dumps and tailings impoundments are common features at mine sites. Many of these waste disposal facilities contain sulfide-rich minerals that generate acid mine drainage (AMD) when they oxidize in the presence of oxygen and water. Control of AMD …